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News and Notes.

In connection with the inquest touching the death of Samuel Warnodk, commercial traveller (reported in another column), the medical evidence was to the effect that the symptoms indicated acute poisoning, and though these symptoms were com sistent with acute alcoholic poisoning, it was not definitely stated that that was the cause of death. It was stated by a witness that Warnock, before retiring, took some medicine, but after his death no trace of the bottle could be found. It is understood that the police have come into possession of the glass which deceased used, which contains some of the medicine, and that it is intended to have the mixture analysed.

A pathetic story was told at Grimsby recently in connection with the bravery of E. Conley, the third hand of the trawler Victoria who met his death under remarkable circumstances. IVhen the vessel was off Iceland during a gale last December, W. Hill, the second hand and son of the skipper, was washed overboard. Conley, in his heavy clothing, jumped into the sea, and after a terrible struggle with the waves reached Hill, who was in a dying condition. He swam with him to the ship, but Hill died in his arms, his body being taken on board. Conley was exhausted, and contracted a fatal illness through his bravery.

There were 2,200 birds at the Crystal Palace Show of the London and Provincial Ornithological Society, which opened on Feb. 14th. The canaries numbered 700. The rarest foreign bird in the show was Mr S. M. Townshend's (Fulham) yellow winged sugar-bird, which, although only catalogued at £23, is worth ' thrice the price—so the connoisseurs aver. It won the Abrahams Memorial Trophy and Medal. Two entries came from Mr H, E. Pier. Sydney, K.S.W., who sent a pair of Bourke's and a pair of blue-banded grass para’ keets. The Tanager class contained several birds which were valued at £SO. In another section a goldcrowned Toupial was worth £IOO, and a rod-sided Eclectus parrot was valued at £6OO.

Since September, 1901, there has not been a sale of horses from the Royal stud at Sandringham, and great interest was therefore shown by buyers in the auction which was held at. the Wolferton Stud Farm on Feb. Bth. The sensation of the sale was afforded when the massive stallion, Ravonspur, the winner of many prizes, entered the ring. Starting- at 200 guineas, the -animal was finally vnocked down to Lord Winters toko at 825 guineas. Forty-five horses were sold, the average price working out at £124. Brood mares, yearlings, and two-year-olds sold well, 290 g-uineas being paid for the yearling Blondcl, by Mr Holford, and 260 guineas was given for Lady Forester by Sir Berkeley Sheffield.

Damage to the extent of upwards of £IOOO was done by the collapsing of a driving-wheel weighing forty ton at the Nine Locks Ironworks, Staffordshire. Pieces weighing two and three tons were hurled among the workmen, who were. however, untouched, but the machinery was smashed. The breaking of the win “el is attributed to the effects of the severe frosts.

Sir Henry Echlin, who recently succeeded to a baronetcy, while serving customers behind a bar as an innkeepor,_ is continuing the business as a publican at the Hose and Crown, Wooburn Green, and at the annual licensing sessions was granted a renewal 'of his license for the next twelve months.

A deputation from the Mustcrers’ Union waited on the Hon. Mr Miller, Minister of Labour, at Dunedin on Thursday. Mr Steve Boreham, secretary of the Union, laid the desires of the deputation before the Minister. These were briefly ; (1) More efficient inspection of the shearers' accommodation in regard to certain stations in Otago and Canterbury, and (2 )representatiow of the country workers in the Legislative Council. The Minister, in reply, said that in regard to the question of shearers’ accommodation the complaints made would be carefully looked into by an officer, who would be detailed to investigate them. With regard to the second request, he would be pleased to place the matter before his colleaguios in the Cabinet in the event of further calls being made to the Council.

Messrs J. A. Mitchell and Co. sell horses, etc., in their yards to J day.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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